On Havana, Cuba

I recently published two article inspired by my trip to Cuba a few months ago and I wanted to share them. The first is suggestions for how one might spend two days in Havana for Paste, and the second, in Punch, is focused on an innovative nightclub and culture center, Fabrica de Arte Cubano, that I visited on my final night in the city. In such short pieces, and for disparate audiences, it is hard to capture the “real” Cuba that so many journalists and storytellers are seeking to write about, even as both are, of course, accurate and true.

Friend and journalist Julie Schwietert Collazo along with Havana-based Conner Gorry have spoken and written on how to report on Cuba responsibly, and I strive to have their recommendations in mind when I do. Challenges arise when faced with a publication that shies away from including political context, or pieces that are meant to fit into a specific format, or any number of issues inherent in journalism, or in writing about places and people with a perceived narrative that is at odds with the reality.

While these pieces reflect just a small slice of my experience in Havana, I hope I have done the city and its lovely people justice, and I look forward to sharing more in the future.


92nd St Y Kitchen Arts & Letters Event for SMALL BATCH on June 3rd

I am excited to announce an upcoming event for SMALL BATCH as part of the 92nd St Y Kitchen Arts & Letters series on June 3rd! This has been in the works since the fall, and I am so honored … Continue reading

Cuba Bound: Researching Cuba’s Food Culture

In a few short weeks I will be heading to Havana and beyond to meet with Cubans who are striving to preserve their food traditions among imminent change, and to witness how Cuba’s edible culture is moving toward economic and … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Thank you all for your support of Small Batch and other essay and article publications in 2014. I am happy to announce an exciting event in Buffalo, NY on February 12th as part of the Larkin Square Author Series with more events and press to be announced shortly.

Have a great year!

– Suzanne

Press & Event Update for SMALL BATCH!

Exciting things are happening for SMALL BATCH: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Food.  Check out last week’s press round up and details for the Pittsburgh, New York City, and Boston events!


Author’s Corner reading – check your local NPR listings and listen here: https://www.authorscorner.org/

Eat Your Words interview on Heritage Radio – recorded on Sunday and archived here: http://www.heritageradionetwork.com/episodes/6988-Eat-Your-Words-Episode-204-Small-Batch-Foods

Upcoming events:

Pittsburgh: THURSDAY, Acquired Taste Reading Series 10/23 at Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh – readings, food, music & more!

details: https://www.facebook.com/events/388567687961217/

NYC: WEDNESDAY 11/5 at Jimmy’s No. 43 from 6 – 8pm – Baked, Bottled, & Brined: A Pop Up Food Market – food, drinks, meet the artisans and chat with the author!

details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1477060325894691/

Cambridge, MA: Saturday 11/15 at Atwood’s Tavern from 3 – 5pm – Food, drinks, reading – details to come!


Recent print & online press:

Pittsburgh City Paper: http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/suzanne-cope-connects-old-and-new-trends-in-food-in-new-book/Content?oid=1784088

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food-column/2014/10/16/The-Food-Column-8/stories/201410160039

Wandering Educators: http://www.wanderingeducators.com/books-film/books/small-batch-pickles-cheese-chocolate-spirits-and-return-artisanal-food.html

SMALL BATCH is almost here!

I’ve been quiet here as I have been pushing my upcoming book SMALL BATCH: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Food which is publishing next week! SMALL BATCH looks at the cultural history of artisanal food and details the … Continue reading

Urban Artisanal: Sophia’s Greek Yogurt

In my upcoming book Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Food, I interviewed more than fifty pickle, cheese, chocolate, and spirit artisans from around the country – many in person, some on the phone, and … Continue reading